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IN’s Caring Emergency Dentistry

Dental emergencies are rarely predictable or a pleasant experience, and they can affect anyone. An unexpected fall could chip or break a tooth, or you might wake up with a throbbing toothache. At Smiles of Valparaiso, our caring emergency dentistry specialists offer treatment to relieve the pain and discomfort while repairing the damage. If you try to ignore a painful dental injury or ailment, it will only get worse and lead to a more painful condition with expensive repairs. Take care of your teeth and gums by seeking emergency dental care at our IN office. We won’t let you suffer needlessly. Call us to schedule emergency treatment with our talented and compassionate team, and we’ll bring you in as soon as possible.

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Prompt Treatment for Your Pain

Emergency dentistry can be necessary for many reasons, including a chronic or sudden toothache, a crack or other damage from an accident, or a loose crown. Whenever any type of dental emergency arises, we offer prompt dental care with sedation options. The following are examples of emergency services we provide:

Root Canal Therapy

Damage to your teeth such as cracks and decay can expose your soft tissue to infection from bacteria. Let our caring specialists clean out the affected tissue and seal out any chance of further infection with root canal therapy. Treating an infected tooth with this procedure as quickly as possible is vital to helping you avoid further damage, tooth loss, and developing an abscess.


If damage, decay, or other causes have rendered one or more of your teeth past the point of repair, we may need to extract them. Removing one or more teeth can protect the health of the rest of your mouth and relieve you of discomfort. We assure you that we only perform tooth extractions when they’re necessary. During your visit, we’ll keep you comfortable and guide you to a replacement solution that’s right for you.

Dental Emergency Tips

Be ready to bring your dental emergencies to Smiles of Valparaiso safely with a few helpful tips for a variety of situations. We’ve provided first aid advice for some of the most common oral emergencies, which include the following:

An Avulsed or Knocked-Out Tooth

Knocked-out teeth are an extremely time-sensitive injury that require immediate care to increase the chance of saving your natural tooth. Carefully locate the avulsed tooth and hold it by the biting surface—never hold it by the root. Use warm water to rinse any blood or foreign matter off the tooth. If possible, place the tooth back in the empty socket. If you can’t do that, then keep the tooth moist by storing it in whole milk while you travel to our office. Use a cold, damp cloth to bite down on to help stop or slow any bleeding.

Damage to Your Permanent or Temporary Crowns

There are typically three ways a crown gets damaged: it cracks or breaks, loosens, or falls out. If the whole crown comes off, use denture adhesive or toothpaste to temporarily reattach it and schedule a restoration appointment with us. If the crown feels like it's loose, avoid chewing near that tooth and call us to set up treatment at our office. If a crown breaks off or cracks, try to collect all the broken pieces. If your remaining tooth is sharp, protect the rest of your mouth by applying dental putty over the sharp tooth. In any case, call us to book an appointment for emergency care to restore your crown.

Soft Tissue Laceration

Your face and neck have more densely packed capillaries near the skin's surface. Even scrapes and minor cuts can cause heavy bleeding. Before you seek emergency treatment, attempt to stop or slow the bleeding and examine the wound thoroughly. Apply a cold, damp clean cloth or sterile gauze to the area with gentle pressure. If the wound continues to bleed after applying pressure for ten to fifteen minutes, wrap ice in a cloth and hold it against the cut. If the bleeding still doesn't slow or stop, visit an emergency room or call us to receive quick treatment.

Seek Emergency Dentistry at Our Practice

Smiles of Valparaiso is ready to help you with quick dental care for your emergencies. If you’ve chipped a tooth on a peach pit, fallen and knocked out a bicuspid, or you’re experiencing a toothache, don’t ignore the pain and damage. For all your dental emergencies, don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule an appointment. Reach out to our office by calling 219-531-8914 at your earliest convenience!